Sights from the Road: 4 Long Island Windmills
Long Island is home to several notable, historical windmills. Most of the mills are in the smock style and reside on the eastern end of the island. While going through some of the photos I’ve collected in my travels, I did a little digging to find out about their history.
Baiting Hollow – Windmill House
The Windmill House on Sound Avenue in Baiting Hollow isn’t a working windmill. It is a unique structure however and deserves some major style points.
Unfortunately, I’ve hit a dead end trying to find any information on the building. I’ve sent an email to the town in hope that they could give me some insight. If you have any leads – please send them my way!
The Beebe windmill is located in the town of Bridgehampton, less than 5 miles from the ghost of Bridgehampton Motor Racing Circuit.
Old Hook Mill
One of the most well known windmills on the Island, the Old Hook Mill is a familiar sight to many Hampton-goers. The mill was built in 1806 by Nathaniel Dominy V. Once a year, the windmill blades of the Old Hook Mill turn making it the last working smock mill on Long Island.
View the Old Hook Mill in Google Streetview.
The National Golf Links of America
According to reports around the web, the mill at The National was purchased by Charles Blair Macdonald in Europe. It was then shipped to Long Island and then re-constructed on the golf course grounds.
This project was prompted by the comments of a golf club member. After knocking his ball into a water barrel, the member remarked that it would be the perfect place for a windmill. Macdonald reconstructed the windmill in the very spot the water barrel stood and sent the member the bill.